Windows Phone 8 will have granular parental controls – a separate kids start screen

TheVerge is reporting that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system will include a new set of parental controls.

The so called “Kid’s Corner” option will be a separate Start screen environment designed for children to access apps, videos, games, and music that is shared by a parent.

Windows Phone owners will be able to setup a Start screen with the specially controlled apps on, and a child will access the feature by swiping from the left on the lock screen.

Some screenshots:

From TheVerge:

Once Kid’s Corner is activated, children can then obtain full access to any games, music, videos, and apps that are enabled — including game scores and app passwords.

Kid’s Corner is then deactivated by simply pressing the power button on the phone. Parents have the option to control the accent color and name of the Kid’s Corner through a customization menu in the setup routine.

I think this is a great development. It provides differentiation between the iPhone and Windows Phone 8 devices.

It should also be relatively easy to explain and market.

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